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Biden calls Xi Jinping ‘dictator’ during sidelines of APEC Summit

Washington, United States: President of the United States Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have been engaged in meetings, as Xi is on an official tour to the US to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2023 Summit.

In the midst of the meetings, President Joe Biden referred to Xi Jinping as a ‘dictator’ on Wednesday. This remark by Biden came as a reply to the question “if he still considers Xi a dictator,” after his meeting with the Chinese President.

According to the reports, to this, President Biden responded, “Well, look, he is.”

“He is a dictator in the sense that he is a guy who runs a country that is communist,” Biden said,” he stated. He furthermore underscored that there is a major difference between the functioning of Chinese as well as American governments.

Meeting between Xi and Biden

Reportedly, the meeting between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping concluded at a mansion in California – away from San Francisco, the venue for APEC 2023 – with a pledge that both administrations will work to manage the differences and the relations do not derail.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden | Credits: AFP (Getty Images)

According to a senior administration official, the discussions between Biden and Xi were candid, open and frank. The US President expressed his views and concerns directly to the Chinese President – who responded in his own unique way.

According to the reports, the meeting witnessed discussions about various issues, including bilateral ties, regional and key global issues like Iran, the Middle East, Ukraine, Taiwan, the Indo-Pacific, economic issues, artificial intelligence, drugs, and climate change.

How was the meeting got concluded?

Post the meeting, the Chinese President announced that he would work against the companies that are engaged in the illegal drug trade in the United States, according to the details shared by an anonymous senior administration official.

The meeting also concluded with the agreement of both the leaders to continue the military-to-military level talks. Reportedly, the meeting will be held between Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Chinese counterpart.

Logo for APEC Summit 2023, held in San Francisco, US

The senior official further explained that the PACIFIC Commander has operational-level engagement with his Chinese counterpart.

Additionally, both leaders have also agreed to start a telephonic conversation, according to several reports.

Following the talks, Biden was engaged in a news conference, during which he underscored, “We should pick up the phone and call one another and we’ll take the call. That’s important progress.”

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